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How to Scan QR codes on Your iPhone or Android

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How to Scan QR codes on Your iPhone or Android

Wondering how to scan QR codes? It's become an essential skill considering QR codes are everywhere these days. Especially over the past ten years more and more retail, restaurant, and other businesses have started using QR codes in a variety helpful and creative ways.

But just because QR codes are popular doesn’t mean everyone is familiar with how they work. The good news is that one, they’re very easy and two, Popl is here to help.

Here’s what you need to know about how to scan a QR code with your iPhone or Android. 

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How to Scan QR Codes on Your iPhone

To scan a QR code using an iPhone, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the Camera app on your iPhone.
  • Point the camera at the QR code you want to scan. Make sure the QR code is within the frame of the camera and that it's in focus.
  • Wait for the Camera app to recognize the QR code. You should see a notification pop up with a link or some other information related to the QR code.
  • Tap on the notification to open the link or information.
  • If the Camera app does not recognize the QR code automatically, you can try tapping on the screen to focus the camera on the QR code. If that doesn't work, you may need to download a third-party QR code scanner app from the App Store.

What About iPad QR Code Scanning?

To scan a QR code using an iPad, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the Camera app on your iPad.
  • Point the camera at the QR code you want to scan. Make sure the QR code is within the frame of the camera and that it's in focus.
  • Wait for the Camera app to recognize the QR code. You should see a notification pop up with a link or some other information related to the QR code.
  • Tap on the notification to open the link or information.
  • If the Camera app does not recognize the QR code automatically, you can try tapping on the screen to focus the camera on the QR code. If that doesn't work, you may need to download a third-party QR code scanner app from the App Store. Note that not all iPads have a built-in camera, so you may need to use a different device to scan the QR code if your iPad does not have a camera.

How to Scan QR Codes on Your Android

To scan a QR code using an Android phone, you can follow these steps:

  • Open the Google Play Store app and download a QR code scanner app. There are many free options available, such as QR Code Reader by Scan or QR & Barcode Scanner by Gamma Play.
  • Open the QR code scanner app you just downloaded.
  • Point the camera at the QR code you want to scan. Make sure the QR code is within the frame of the camera and that it's in focus.
  • Wait for the scanner app to recognize the QR code. You should see a notification pop up with a link or some other information related to the QR code.
  • Tap on the notification to open the link or information.

Note that many Android phones have a built-in QR code scanner in the camera app. If your phone has this feature, you can simply open the camera app and point it at the QR code to scan it. However, not all Android phones have this feature, so you may need to download a QR code scanner app from the Google Play Store.

How Does QR Code Technology Work?

QR code technology works by encoding information in a two-dimensional barcode. The barcode consists of black and white squares arranged in a specific pattern that can be read by a QR code scanner or a smartphone camera.

Here's how it works:

  • The information to be encoded (such as a website URL or a product code) is converted into binary code.
  • The binary code is then divided into small groups, and each group is represented by a square in the QR code.
  • The QR code also contains various alignment and timing patterns to help a scanner determine where the code begins and ends and to correct for any distortions or errors in the code.
  • When a QR code is scanned by a scanner or a smartphone camera, the pattern of black and white squares is converted back into binary code, and the information can be decoded and displayed on the screen.

Popl QR Code Generator

There you have it, everything you need to know about how to scan a QR code. If you’re a business owner or brand looking to incorporate QR codes into your advertising or customer service, look no further than Popl. Use Popl’s free QR code creator to make your own customizable QR code for your website, social media accounts, your business’s wifi information or create a sharable QR code for your digital business card.

 

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